Facebook Messenger was updated with some cool new features this Saturday. With these new updates, Facebook Messenger is advancing to a new level like iMessage and Blackberry Messenger. Apple has a messenger application for Facebook, which was developed specially for iPhone devices. This messenger application for Facebook is not associated with Facebook Messenger. But it’s having some uber cool features like the ability to display read receipts where users can see when their message was read. But this is available for one-on-one messages only. It shows ‘Seen’ and the time when that particular message was read. This is very useful for knowing when the recipient actually checked the message. In group chats, it’s a bit more advanced. It shows the same and even the names of those people in the group who have read it.
Update : The Updated version of Facebook Messenger is also available for Android devices. All the features of the updated Facebook messenger for Apple devices is also available for the Android version of the messenger. The Android Updated version is available for download in Google Play store.
In iMessage, this feature is optional and you can opt out of read receipts feature if you wish so. But in the case of Facebook Messenger, you have no choice for that. People will see when you read their message. Facebook Messenger is not providing you with a way to opt out of read receipts. This is a major disadvantage. Because people will get to know when you read their message, even if you don’t want them to know the exact time at which you read their message. Sometimes, we’ve got to ignore some messages. In such cases, the recipient will know that you’re purposefully avoided him/her as they can see the read receipt clearly. Along with this, the symbol to notify that somebody is typing a message has been changed for group conversations. Suppose a person Stan is typing a group chat instant message, it will be shown as – “Stan is typing”. The updated version of the app also adds the location details to the message.
But this is only done if you’ve granted the permission for the Messenger App on Facebook to fetch your location details. This can be useful for you sometimes, because the recipient can know where you are. Here is a screenshot:
But this update lacks the support for live video chat. It’s first version contained a hidden component for video chat though it remained untapped. I guess video chat is being developed now and we can expect that within a few updates.
The free version of Facebook Messenger is available in the App Store. This time, it’s updated with some extra features. This is an all-inclusive app which sorts out most of the problems you’ve had with Facebook conversations. How did you like the new changes and what’s your opinion on the new features. Leave a comment below and let us hear your opinions.